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The Dreams of William Golding

The Dreams of William Golding reveals the extraordinary life of one of the greatest English writers of the 20th century.

With unprecedented access to the unpublished diaries in which Golding recorded his dreams, the film penetrates deep into his private obsessions and insecurities.

His daughter Judy and son David both speak frankly about their father's demons, and the film follows Golding from the impoverished schoolmaster whose first novel, Lord of the Flies, was published when he was forty-three years old, to his winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983.

Other contributors include Golding's biographer John Carey, philosopher John Gray, writer Nigel Williams, the dean of Salisbury Cathedral, the Very Revd June Osborne and best-selling author Stephen King.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who starred in the 2004 BBC adaptation of Golding's sea trilogy To the Ends of the Earth, reads extracts from his books.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 17 Mar 2012 22:40
BBC Two Wales


Role Contributor
Series EditorAnthony Wall
DirectorAdam Low
ProducerMartin Rosenbaum
ParticipantJudy Golding
ParticipantDavid Golding
ParticipantJohn Carey
ParticipantJohn Gray
ParticipantNigel Williams
ParticipantJune Osborne
ParticipantStephen King
ParticipantBenedict Cumberbatch